American moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

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In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, New York Times bestselling author and historian Douglas Brinkley delivers a young readers' edition of a story rooted in heroism, bravery, and patriotism: America's race to the moon.

July 20, 1969. It's a day that has earned a spot in history. It's the day that America was the first nation to succeed in sending two astronauts--Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong--to the moon.

But what led to this unforgettable event? What were the stakes riding on the Apollo 11's safe landing? In acclaimed author Douglas Brinkley's first young readers' edition, space fans will get the riveting and factual backstory of arguably the most significant achievement of the 20th century.

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subject_facet Astronautics -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Astronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Astronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature
Astronautics and state -- United States
Astronautics and state -- United States -- Juvenile literature
Kennedy, John F. -- (John Fitzgerald), -- 1917-1963 -- Influence
Kennedy, John F. -- (John Fitzgerald), -- 1917-1963 -- Influence -- Juvenile literature
Manned space flight -- History -- 20th century
Moon -- Exploration -- Government policy -- United States
Moon -- Exploration -- Government policy -- United States -- Juvenile literature
Space flight to the moon -- History -- 20th century
Space flight to the moon -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature
Space race -- United States
Space race -- United States -- Juvenile literature
United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- History -- 20th century
United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature
title_display American moonshot : John F. Kennedy and the great space race
title_full American Moonshot John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
American moonshot : John F. Kennedy and the great space race / Douglas Brinkley
American moonshot : John F. Kennedy and the great space race / Douglas Brinkley with Winifred Conkling
title_short American moonshot :
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Astronautics and state
Biography & Autobiography
Exploration
Government policy
History
Influence
Kennedy, John F
Manned space flight
Nonfiction
Political aspects
Space flight to the moon
Space race